James Corden and Ruth Jones’ hit TV show Gavin and Stacey is set to get an American remake.
James – who won a Tony Award for his witty performance in One Man, Two Guvnors on Broadway – and co-creator Ruth will act as executive producers on the US adaptation and have no plans to appear on screen, reports The Independent.
The upcoming series, which will be written by I Just Want My Pants Back writer David Rosen, will be remade by Fox. It is the third attempt to create an American version of the show, following attempts by NBC, who bought the rights in 2008, and ABC a year later.
Head of BBC Worldwide Jane Tranter, who are producing the show with Sony Pictures TV and Baby Cow Productions, said the first script would be delivered ‘by Thanksgiving’, with a decision about the show to be made in 2013.
“There is the right time and the right place for a project like this. The stars needed to align. After the show didn’t make it at ABC, I waited,” she said.
The UK series starred Mathew Horne as Essex lad Gavin and Joanna Page as his Welsh girlfriend Stacey. The Fox version will focus on the key life moments of the title characters as they try to maintain their relationship while combining their families’ lives.
Jane also suggested that discussions on changing the names could take place, saying: “I haven’t met any Gavins here.”
Gavin & Stacey, which screened on BBC America in the States, ran for three series and a Christmas special, and both James and Ruth have ruled out making more UK episodes in the near future.